NL architects: tower of power
NL architects: tower of power NL architects: tower of power
nov 25, 2010

NL architects: tower of power

‘tower of power’ by NL architects all images courtesy NLarchitects

continuing our coverage of the taiwan tower competition, here is dutch firm NL architects proposal for the tower.

the ambition to create a 300-meter high freestanding tower with sightseeing and recreational functions that will serve as a ‘model green building’.

the ‘tower of power’ features 2000 rotors that together produce 8 MW.

tower of power is not just a symbol of good intentions; it actually produces green energy. instead of being yet another ‘empty’ icon it actually is a usable object: next to its required functionality as sightseeing tower and telecommunication base it is an environmentally friendly power plant.

tower of power is power plant without the obligatory technical appearance of wind turbines as we know them. tower of power is an attempt to investigate how power plants of the future can be turned into objects of beauty.

by simply combining the two typologies of windmill and observation tower, the tower of power in one single operation aspires to change the ‘content’ of the new generation of tourist towers and at the same time the appearance of future wind energy generators. tower of power as such tries to take renewable energy production to new heights.

the tower of power features an exo-skeleton; a structural net wrapped around the building that together with the building’s core supports the required programmatic elements. the structure as such is perhaps reminiscent of bamboo weaving or bamboo scaffolding. the weaving of the structure creates an intricate pattern of void spaces. these empty spaces can now be occupied by so-called vertical axis wind turbines. tower of power does not propose to use a new category of turbines; it deploys an existing type: the eddy. these flower like turbines are just orchestrated in a refreshing way.

‘eddy’ wind turbine

eddy is a wind turbine: strong, affordable and silent. because of the vertical axis design eddy can produce energy with wind from any direction. it can be mounted virtually everywhere…

the functionality of the required program -lobby, parking, museum, offices, conference center and observatory- results in a specific shape for each unit. the program is stacked and positioned on specific heights. as such a kind of ‘totem’ comes into being that is wrapped by an intelligent skin.

  • It´s like a 1+1=2 theory.

    Ever says:
  • May we have one a bit more coke bottle shaped please?

    Muhtar Kent says:
  • nice renderings, shame about the design

    ... says:
  • not bad

    ivan says:
  • encantado

    temporary like achille says:
  • Not that great, but its idea could be expanded upon.
    Design is mediocre at best but not a complete failure.
    Beauty is still in the eye of the architect and the people.

    Korby says:
  • i love where the idea came from

    pjonk says:
  • i should know more about it’s creators-who can make a good [url=]proposal editing[/url]

    ter says:

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